Equipment grant to enhance Edinboro University laboratory experience



Edinboro University’s Chemistry Department is upgrading essential laboratory equipment, thanks to funding from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh.

The $4,160.99 grant – confirmed by the College Equipment Grants Program (CEGP) committee – will support Edinboro faculty and students as they research wavelengths and absorbance in fluorescence, analyze complex films and microscopic slides and study reaction kinetics.

Edinboro’s Chemistry faculty – under the guidance of associate professor Dr. Qun Gu – pursued funding to expand their collection of accessories for the department’s spectrofluorometer, which measures and analyzes light and fluorescence in a scientific sample.

“Our chemistry department has prioritized improvements to our instrumentation throughout the years,” Dr. Gu said. “And we now have a big line of instruments that may be the best in the region.”

With this CEGP grant, Edinboro University will purchase a transmission accessory, which will allow the department’s fluorometer to measure absorbance and will help extend the functionality of the instrumentations.

Edinboro’s Chemistry faculty will also purchase a solid sample holder – which will allow students and faculty to efficiently analyze thin films, powders, pellets, papers, fibers or microscopic slides for scientific applications – and an injection port, which will allow small-volume additions via syringe to samples without removing the sample chamber lid – ideal for reaction kinetics study.

Edinboro’s Chemistry program received initial approval by the American Chemical Society in 2011 and was renewed in 2016.

Currently, the department offers five Bachelor of Science programs, including Chemistry, Biochemistry, Natural Products Chemistry, Forensic Science and Fermentation Science. Additionally, Edinboro offers associate degree programs in Pre-Pharmacy and a Pre-Pharmacy collaboration with LECOM.

The department also provides a variety of courses to serve students from other departments and majors, such as secondary-education, biology and medical-technology. Chemistry Department faculty serve up to 700 students in different chemistry courses each year.

Additional recipients of the CEGP Committee grant include Thiel College, Glenville State College, Saint Francis University, Gettysburg College, Grove City College, Fairmont State University and Gannon University.

The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering science education in the Western Pennsylvania region.